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Hecky: "We weren't composed enough on the ball."

15 October 2016

Reds Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom felt his side were lacking their killer instinct as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat at home to Fulham.

Despite leading twice through Marley Watkins and Sam Winnall goals, strikes from Lucas Piazon, Sone Aluko, Scott Malone and Chris Martin saw the visitors come away victorious.

The Head Coach felt the Reds could have exploited Fulham's weaknesses on more occasions but could not find alternative ways to do so. 

"If you give four goals away like that you have not got a chance," said Hecky. "There was that, and we were set up to cause them a problem as soon as we won the ball back which we got two goals from.

"But when we did go in-front, we weren't composed enough on the ball to get ourselves a rest and control the game."

"Fulham are a good side and flooded the central area with lots of bodies, keeping the ball well. We knew that and you can't stop them doing that and we knew as soon as we won it we could exploit their weaknesses down the side.

"We got two goals from that but when that isn't on, keep the ball and dominate possession and be brave and confident enough to keep the ball and score goals in other ways which was frustrating.

"Looking back at the goals, we weren't giving ourselves a chance.

"We were set up in a way to hurt them, which we did. We didn't gift them the goals because they are slick and a good side but when you watch them back, why we keep clean sheets and defended so well was missing today."

Captain Conor Hourihane was missing for the Reds through injury and 'Hecky admitted that the Reds did miss the central midfielder's contribution to the side.

Jared Bird was promoted from the Under-23s squad to the bench for the match and Heckingbottom gave his reasons as to why.

"You're always going to miss Conor because he's the captain but he had something wrong with his calf which he felt yesterday in training," he said.

"Not only is he captain, but he is a good footballer, strong from set plays and is a big loss to the side.

"We spoke as staff before the Under-23s game about pulling someone off if they were needed. Jared has been playing well in the Under-23s and this is a reward for his hard work and the way he applies himself."

Josh Scowen will miss the next three matches following his dismissal and the Head Coach gave his thoughts on the decision.

He said: "I thought he won the ball but they're saying he was out of control and are saying that he left the floor. If that's the case then it is a red card but he was fouled twice in the build-up.

"Why you want to play advantage twice in your box I don't know. Josh has won the ball, got fouled and he has played on and then rolled another tackle.

"If you're fouled and overrun the ball, what's going to happen is you're going to go for the ball, simple as, so I thought that could have been managed a bit better and it has cost us now for three games."

Hecky is relishing the chance to put things right against Newcastle United on Tuesday night under the lights at Oakwell.

He called upon the fans to get behind the Reds and spur them on to victory against the Magpies.

"That's what we play for and what we got promoted for, games like this. Oakwell against Newcastle will be fantastic with nearly 6,000 Geordies singing, but we'll be outsinging them two to one.

"With the little injuries we're carrying, it would be handy if we didn't have those. We'd be playing every day if we didn't have injuries," he added.

Watch Paul Heckingbottom's full interview on Barnsley Player HD.

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